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Skin Color Swatches by DeviantNep Skin Color Swatches by DeviantNep
I can't believe it has been 5 years since I made this swatch.
This time I decided to update it and call it Epic Edition because I saved up all other swatches I make when I paint skin and added them here, with the highlights I also accumulated.

~Cormrael, my soulmate (calling him just a husband seems stupid) always says that he is amazed by how others can create art using something I made. So because he always tells me that I've decided that it was time to make this even better.

Making swatches for me is so much fun that I even did one for the preview picture =D
and sharing them is fun because you get to see what others create with it.

In 2008 I got a Daily Deviation for it, made my day, I was so happy! Featured it in my BLOG and in my Art Class Blog. This also made me want to improve it even more.

So I hope you guys enjoy the new edition of the swatch.

The model for the preview (made with my swatch) is Faradriel, my World of Warcraft character. I have been drawing her, so I have decided to use her as a model for the swatch preview because she was the last swatch I made that got included in the Epic Edition. You can see the work in progress of Quel Delar, the artwork that has her face, here. You can also see the game screenshots of her here. Her face is actually my own face since I didn't know how to start drawing her I just took a mirror, balanced it on the side of the monitor and used my face for it =P.

You can still see the Hair Color + Swatches

What you need to know:

- each vertical row is a full color bar for skin tone, or a full set of skin tones
- each horizontal row is a skin highlight set of tones (meant to brighten and darken light touching skin in different compositions)
- the light colors first and the shadow ones at the end of each row (from light to dark composition)
- you can mix the color rows and have a more complete skin shade

- the swatch file has the color bars separated by yellow, and when they finish and the highlights start, it is green

- the zip file has the a folder for the OLD Skin Color Swatches
If you use Gimp, ~neonyow made a Gimp version for the OLD version of my swatch, click here to go se it.

- the new swatches are made in Photoshop CS5, so I don't think it will work on older versions, but that is why you have the -swatch template- to color pick as you paint

- for those who do not have Photoshop, or have a older version of it, use the Swatch Template. Open your program of choice (Corel, etc) and open the Swatch Template image, and color pick the template as you paint...

- GIMP version of the Epic Edition by ~neonyow HERE

- CREDIT ME PLEASE (thank you), and please show me what you create with my swatches (I love when people show me what they made using my swatch!!!)

PS: if any of you make this swatch for an older version of Photoshop (by color picking it) or another program, like Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Corel, etc...
Please send an email to (my email) and send me the file and name of the program it is for (with version) so I can add it to this zip and credit you in it, as well add an update on my artist comments.

UPDATE September 13/2010
- Added the Photoshop CS3 swatch file to the zip adapted by ~SlavicWolf

Now for the fun! *Bampire made a stamp for you guys to use (if you want). I thank you Bampire!
The link for the stamp - click here

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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-12-09
The suggester wrote; Skin Color + Swatches by *DeviantNep are an amazing resource that can help many artists by aiding them to learn how to work with various color shades with the guidance of Swatches. I like to think of these as the digital artist's the best friend. ( Suggested by BeehiveStudio and Featured by znow-white )
High-Bear Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome. Thanks for the colors :)
XkingpenX Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bless your biscuits! This is going to save me a ton of guess work when drawing my characters in photoshop!
KarenDeviantart Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the swatches!
lanceeugene Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Wow - thank you for this! :) I'm not an artist but always have trouble with skin when I play in photoshop. You have a very nice face btw :) 
ikeori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much *hug
Allen--Henderson Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Thank you.
mistyjess Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
tongo45 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
thank you :)
JonKratzArt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
BOY did i Need this!
JustArt27 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
downloaded! thanks!
jont-alan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Thanks so much  Nod 
Miko2660 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First words that came to mind:   Woooooooowwwww.... CAAAAANNNDY!
Second words: Thank God, they're grouped!
Third: Quick! Turn on watch!
davidrdesigns Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Thanks a bunch. Very nice of you.
Kimnoopy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Thank you!!
jkemeny Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much and congrats!
fenixfutura Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
PrinceG07 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woowww awesome ~ that valueee ~

this really helpp ~
thank you ~ ~
KrabDesign Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these! :)
hillumi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thanks so much for these! i can never find the right skin tone so this really helped!^^
Lady-Eleyana Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!!! <3
mi-kasa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks for this! Definitely helpful! Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
MayFlorence Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thank you for the swatches :)
Redrobot3D Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
danasalvador Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Thank you so much! :)
Kitti-Featherwolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Filmographer
This is beyond helpful!! I always have the hardest time getting the right skin tone for darker skin; it always ends up being a gross shade of greenish brown No, I disagree!  Thank you so much for this!Clap 
raystaar Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student
Love your swatches and your enthusiasm for your work. Thanks so much. I gotta say, though, for us old guys, the download link is tres hard to find :)
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
you mean the deviantart download link?
eXnomorfo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Thank you!!!
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem
KCXMedia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Interface Designer
This is a really strong collection of skin hues, and I for one am appreciative of your contribution to my workflow :)
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
Howlthrug Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Wonderful, I appreciate the swatch selection.
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
tywins83 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You Should Make these for Procreate for Ipad ;-)
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I have never used it
how is it?
LoveCreepys Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo!
AkenoKurokawa Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i don't know how to use this swatches, i read the descreption but i still understand this... help me?
ashwatz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I am really glad I found this but I need some guidance on how to make the different skin tones blend in. What effect do I use?
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ok... so I don't tell you the wrong thing explain to me exactly what you want to do...
Tom-Cii Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow I'm checkin this out !
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
DannWay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helps me A LOT. thank you !…
Ahrentis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
thank you so much.
misioneraA Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
me pareció fabuloso!!!!!
7OutOf13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really useful! Thanks for this great swatch!
DeviantNep Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
MXarts Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
This is amazing !! I cant thank you enough!!!
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